Garibaldi College

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Garibaldi College
Garabaldi College logo.JPG
Motto Pride Respect Achieve
Headteacher Mr Ryan Hawley[1]
Location Forest Town
NG19 0JX
Coordinates: 53°09′38″N 1°08′01″W / 53.16068°N 1.13348°W / 53.16068; -1.13348
Local authority Nottinghamshire
DfE number 891/4041
DfE URN 122830 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1100
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Green and Silver
Sixth Form 170
Website College site

Garibaldi College (formerly Garibaldi School) is a centre of learning built in the 1960s. It is situated near to the edge Clipstone village, Nottinghamshire (part of Newark and Sherwood District Council administrative area) but lies within Mansfield District Council's Newlands electoral ward and teaches young people from Clipstone and the Forest Town area of Mansfield.[2] It provides children from 11-16 with a GCSE education and 16- to 18-year-olds with an advanced GCE or VCE education through their sixth form.[3]


The historian AJP Taylor said Garibaldi was "the only wholly admirable figure in modern history".[4]

The school was founded in the 1960s and was named for the Italian leader Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The school grounds

Garibaldi Comprehensive School was by the 1980s suffering from a poor reputation. In 1989 a new headmaster, Bob Salisbury, was appointed who put in place a programme of improvements that lasted five years. The school removed levels of management and marketed itself. The school was able to attract new funding and the head was recognised for his skills as an entrepreneur.[5] The head noted that the success came from not investing in one-off initiatives but in activities that continued from year to year.[6] Salisbury was known for his 'bobbing cork' analogy. He believed his staff should progress like a cork along a stream, knowing that they were free to speed up, slow down or try a different route.[7] Bob Salisbury was given a knighthood in 1998 in recognition of his work in Education.[6]

A 2009 Ofsted Inspection of the Design and Technology department found that overall their education was "good".[8] An earlier inspection of the whole school in 2008 rated the school as "good" overall.[2]

In March 2013, OFSTED rated Garibaldi College as a "good" school, with some aspects of "outstanding" teaching. In August 2013, Garibaldi received some of the best GCSE and A-Level results the school has ever seen, and topped the league tables, ranking as one of the best schools in Nottinghamshire. The college was also ranked within the top 25 schools across the nation.


With help from the governments specialist status scheme, it was a specialist computing and mathematics college from 2003 until 2012 when it lost its specialism.[2] The college is now simply called 'Garibaldi College' instead of 'Garibaldi Maths and Computing College'. Locally known as 'Gara', the words "Pride, Respect and Achieve" are now the school's key words.

In 2010 the school was identified as part of a rebuilding programme. The council noted that the older buildings were costly to maintain and it was intended to rebuild them but keep the newer buildings like the sports hall, however, the long overdue rebuild was cancelled and all plans were scrapped [9]


  1. ^ Welcome Back. New headteacher's message, 3 September 2015, Retrieved 13 September 2015
  2. ^ a b c 2008 Ofsted report
  3. ^ School website
  4. ^ Parks, Tim (9 July 2007). "The Insurgent Garibaldi and his enemies". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Boyett, Inger; Don Finley. "Entrepreneurship and Change in the Public Sector: The Garibaldi School". Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 1 (3): 14–21. doi:10.1108/eb020941. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Coleman, Marianne; Lesley Anderson (2001). Managing Finance and Resources in Education. p. 46. 
  7. ^ Haigh, Gerald (2007). Inspirational, and cautionary tales for would-be school leaders. Taylor & Francis. p. 85. 
  8. ^ D&T Ofsted report, accessed December 2010
  9. ^ Greenwell, Michael (6 January 2010). "School rebuilding to begin next year". Nottingham Evening Post. Retrieved 17 December 2010.